Fernando Alonso Denies Making Honda Ultimatum To McLaren

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Fernando Alonso is apparently warming up to the idea of staying put for the near future.

According to reports, Alonso had threatened to walk away from McLaren if the team continued with Honda engines next season over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

However, timeline restraints may prevent Alonso from making a move, forcing his to stay put for another season.

Despite the reports, Alonso denied.

“That is absolutely not true,” Alonso said in Monza (h/t ESPN). “I read that this weekend and I have absolutely not decided that.

“More than anything, I am not bigger than the team. We have 1,000 people at McLaren and Honda working for the championship.

We know that things are not going in the right direction, we are not competitive enough after three years, but we all want to change that situation.

“There are 1,000 people there and I am probably the least important one. For McLaren it is crucial to improve the situation so they are the first who want to improve as the second best team in the history of the sport with numbers.

The team that has won the second most times in Monza. We are McLaren and we all want the same thing: to be competitive.”

Alonso also talked of his confidence moving forward.

“I will start sitting down with the team, especially to understand the prospects for the future and the expectations for next year, we do now have some ingredients to be champions,” Alonso said.

“The team has improved a lot over the past three years since I arrived and I think we have the talent, the facilities and everything we are just need to be more competitive. That is the most important thing, arguably, but we will see what the numbers are for next year. After that we will make a decision.”

As far as the future at McLaren.

“We will see” Alonso responded.

“We will see what are the proposals. If they are very good then maybe two years could work but if not maybe one year could work. Or maybe three or five, I am young enough.”

Alonso has been linked to Renault.

“Renault will always be in my heart and I have a lot of connections with Renault. Even my go-kart circuit is running under the Renault agreement.

In terms of racing I am extremely happy here and I believe here we could have the package to win a championship. Renault also said they think next year they will not be ready so they are honest as well.”